Draftee retires after 40 years in the Army link
Bet he won't have pension problems!FORT BLISS, Texas Robert Rangel says he was terrified at the thought of being sent to Vietnam when he was drafted in 1967.
But once in the Army, he decided he liked the job.
So he stayed in for 40 years.
Chief Warrant Officer Rangel was one of just ten draftees still in the Army when he retired yesterday, according to officials at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Rangel retired a few months before his 62nd birthday, when he would have been forced to do so under Army regulations.
He made more than 200 parachute jumps and was deployed to nine combat zones, from Vietnam to the Persian Gulf.
The newly-retired Rangel now plans to restore the 1964 Plymouth he parked in his mom's barn when he went off to basic training.